WebScreen is a flexible, safe web filter designed specifically for schools, whether a small primary or a large MAT. Using industry-grade Netsweeper technology, WebScreen functionality helps streamline a complex task: keeping children safe online
Free to all LGfL Broadband Schools
What is WebScreen?
Based on the industry-standard Netsweeper engine, WebScreen adds layers of functionality to make a complex task as straightforward as possible: keeping children safe online.
To use the portal you need to become a WebScreen administrator (you can ask your headteacher to action this from the ‘Nominated Contact Management’ page on the ‘Account Management’ dropdown menu of the support site).
WebScreen is available to all LGfL schools as part of their LGfL subscription. We very strongly recommend that anyone who wishes to become a WebScreen admin to do anything beyond the day-to-day safeguarding tasks attends a free training course to understand the complexities of the system.
Filtering & Safeguarding
Find out why filtering is so important, what safeguarding teams need to know about WebScreen (including simple checks they can do themselves faster than emailing a technician!) in the video below:
Keeping Children Safe in Education says that schools must have appropriate filtering - but how do you know? The Safer Internet Centre asks schoolsafe internet providers to submit certification forms to explain how they meet a range of criteria.
Our submission is here and is well worth a read - and keeping to hand for when Ofsted calls! It's not all in technical speak, so do make sure DSLs and other SLT read it.
We recommend you watch all the videos on our support page, which not only give an overview of the system but also outline all the key functionality within the system.
WebScreen for your School
WebScreen is a highly flexible system; it isn’t about a site being simply blocked or allowed. You can filter according to:
User group (including Active Directory lookup) – different policies for different year groups, for example
Time – perhaps gaming or social media may be allowed during lunch or in after school clubs
IP address of device – the staff room or other areas which students cannot access may need different policies
The new user interface makes it incredibly easy to look up a URL/webpage to find out if or why it is accessible or not, to change this if needed or suggest a recategorisation.
At a click you can turn on a category (e.g. gaming) for a certain group of users:
The new ‘bundles’ feature groups together related URLs to allow you to turn on or off multiple pages at once (e.g. to allow or block a selection of curriculum sites).
Customise block pages to advise users why they cannot access a site and what to do about it.
Request / view a report is also a matter of a few clicks with the new wizard, whether this is for standard overviews or to investigate an incident.
Why Schools Love WebScreen
How WebScreen keeps us safe
At LGfL we work hard to help schools keep children safe, but you may want to hear this in the words of one of our schools, so we asked Abid Pate from Leading Learning Trust (Newham) to tell us how WebScreen keeps them safe.